Bolton School Junior Girls

Paddington Inspires Young Writers

  • Library Writing Competition Paddington
  • Library Writing Competition Paddington assembly
  • Library Writing Competition winners presentations

Paddington Bear’s adventures in this year’s Marks and Spencer Christmas advert inspired a Writing Competition at the Junior Girls’ School, organised by the Library. Pupils were asked to write a letter from Paddington to his Aunt Lucy: they could talk about his travels through the rainforest, his impressions of London, an English Christmas, or something completely different.

Over forty pupils entered the competition, and the judges were hugely impressed by the imagination and creativity on show in all of the entries, many of which were illustrated.

School librarians Mrs Howarth and Mrs Caller and Senior Girls’ English teacher Mrs Kingsford read through all of the entries and decided on winners from each year group as well as an overall winner.

Phoebe Masheter was awarded the Year 3 prize for her funny story with excellent characterisation. Nia Raja was the Year 4 winner: the judges loved how she captured Paddington’s marmalade fixation. The Year 5 winner was Georgia Ainscough, who made everyone laugh with the details of Paddington’s accidents. In Year 6, the winner was Emilie Graham, who captured the spirit of Christmas through the eyes of a little bear. Year 6 pupil Alexia Howarth Year 6 also received a prize for her wonderfully imaginative presentation and lovely pictures to illustrate Paddington’s letter.

They each won a copy of Michael Bond’s A Bear Called Paddington, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum, containing a bookplate with the judges’ comments on their entry.

The overall winner was Georgia, who also took home Paddington Bear!

Mrs Howarth announced the winners and gave them their prizes in morning assembly. She also read an exciting extract from The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

All of the entries from the Paddington Writing Competition will be put on display in the Junior Girls’ School. There are also plans to bind the entries into a book, which will be put in the library for all the girls to enjoy.

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